Memorial Service, Concert Honor September 11 Anniversary

Kerry Houston

September 11 was a day of re-membrance for the Colgate com-munity as students came together to reflect and meditate on the 11th anniversary of the national catastro-phe. The day’s events began with a memorial service led by the Chap-lain’s Office on the steps of Memori-al Chapel at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Later in the day, the Philanthropists at Colgate (PAC) house hosted an a capella concert at 110 Broad Street as a fundraiser for a 9/11 Relief Fund. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Colgate Resolutions, the Swinging Gates, the Colgate Dischords and the Col-gate Thirteen each performed two songs, many with patriotic themes, with Gilligan’s Ice Cream served throughout the show.

“We started off by saying we wanted to establish ourselves right off the bat with a philanthropy event early on in the semester and we fig-ured there’s a lot of things happening for 9/11 on campus, but there’s never really been a philanthropy type fund-raiser for it,” Treasurer of the PAC House junior James Viligante said.

Although 9/11 has passed, Colgate students still have an opportunity to give back to the community by par-ticipating in the Afternoon of Service on Friday, September 14, organized by members of the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Edu-cation (COVE). Beginning around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, student volun-teers will be driven to either Hamilton or Utica to perform various forms of service for approximately four hours of the afternoon. Service opportunities range from working with children to more physical labor such as painting, gardening and cleaning.

Some students will work on a market-ing campaign in their assigned community, while others will be caring for pets, baking pies or visiting the elderly.

Last year’s 9/11 Remembrance Project, spearheaded by COVE intern Casey Ma-cauley ’12 as a special 10-year anniversary event, is anticipating an even greater num-ber of volunteers for this year’s Afternoon of Service. Chenango Canal Association, John-son Park Center, Hope House and For the Good are just a few of the many organiza-tions and charities that Colgate students will be aiding on September 14.

“One [of the purposes of the Afternoon of Service] is giving students the opportunity to think about 9/11 and how it impacted our country and [another purpose] is also just giv-ing students an opportunity to give back on a smaller scale,” director of the COVE Krista Saleet said.

Following the COVE’s Afternoon of Ser-vice, the All-Beliefs Community will be host-ing a reflective discussion at 5:45 p.m. in the Chapel basement.

“We want to give an opportunity to stu-dents to participate in service work even when they don’t have the time to devote to a big time commitment,” Saleet said.

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